Sunday 22 January 2012

Rise Up, Rise Up, and Show Your Power!

On this lovely rainy, windy, and damp winter Sunday, I decided to get to work on some projects:

1) making dream catchers, and

2) practicing guitar.

My guitar teacher asked me to find good practice songs; ones that contain only two chords, so began the search on-line to find the "easy" songs.  On my search I stumbled across a powerful and punchy song by John Lennon, "Working Class Hero".  Seriously people, the free thinkers in the 60's and 70's sure knew how to stand up for themselves.  It is a song like this, and many of the songs by Cat Stevens, a personal favourite, that were the driving force, or perhaps a reflection of the shift.  Yes, a time of change, and I feel we are once again at a crossroads.  Religion, politics, and the ways we have always done things are being questioned, scrutinized, and even rejected.  Take for example, Foster Gamble's recent movie, "Thrive".  The very foundation that societies have been built on are coming tumbling down like the Tower card in a deck of Tarot.  Okay that may be a little dramatic, though perhaps not when you start exploring various documentary films that are capturing the movement towards a new paradigm.  A new way of existing in the world, or rather co-existing, is beginning to form.  The shape is beautiful, I think. 

Now moving from the macrocosm to the microcosm, I am beginning to take a stand for what I believe in.  In the past year, I have been in an intense process of examining my thoughts and my beliefs, and reprogramming my mind to create more peace and harmony within; my wish is to feel free to be me.  So this little ditty by John Lennon spoke to that part of me that is beginning to take a stand for what I am passionate about: personal freedom!  Wow, all of these thoughts began out of me wanting to share the lyrics to "Working Class Hero".  Here they are....perhaps they resonate; perhaps they do not.

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so ****ing crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still ****ing peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they're telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

That is all for today.  Doggie is needing a walk now....Need to get suited up to brave the elements. 

One more thing, "Rise Up", by the Nylons, is also another powerful song if you need a little push to take action on something, though it's way too difficult a song to tackle on the guitar...for now. :o)

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